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Birds That Make the Best Pets 

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Updated December 26, 2017 1.6k votes 370 voters 12.6k views 23 items

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Birds can be wonderful, loyal pets and this list contains information on the best pet bird species ranked from best to worst. The best types of birds for pets come in many forms. Some species of birds are easy to take care of while other types of birds can be trained to do tricks. Several types of birds that make the best pets enjoy sharing a cage with another bird.

What types of birds will you find on this best birds for pets list? Canaries are friendly birds that sing sweet songs. Finches are another great type of bird to keep as a pet. Parrots make great pets because they can learn to say a variety of words. Other good birds featured on this best pet birds list include love birds, parakeets, and doves.

Which type of bird would you like to have as a pet? Give the best birds a thumbs up and add any you feel are missing. 

Cockatiel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Birds That Make the Best Pets
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The cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as miniature cockatoo, weero, or quarrion, is a bird that is a member of its own branch of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar.The cockatiel is the only member of the genus Nymphicus. It was previously considered a crested parrot or small cockatoo; however, more recent molecular studies have assigned it to its own subfamily, Nymphicinae. It is, therefore, now classified as the smallest of the Cacatuidae (cockatoo family). Cockatiels are native to ...more on Wikipedia

Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Birds That Make the Best Pets
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The budgerigar (; Melopsittacus undulatus) is a long-tailed, seed-eating parrot usually nicknamed the budgie, or in American English, the parakeet. Budgies are the only species in the genus Melopsittacus. Naturally, the species is green and yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back, and wings. Budgies are bred in captivity with colouring of blues, whites, yellows, greys, and even with small crests. Juveniles and chicks are monomorphic, while adults are told apart by their cere colouring, and their behaviour. The origin of the budgie's name is unclear. First recorded in 1805, budgerigars are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic ...more on Wikipedia

African Grey Parrot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Birds That Make the Best Pets
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The grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus), also known as the Congo grey parrot or African grey parrot, is an Old World parrot in the family Psittacidae. The Timneh parrot (Psittacus timneh) was earlier treated as a subspecies but has since been elevated to a full species. ...more on Wikipedia

Golden Conure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Birds That Make the Best Pets
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The golden parakeet or golden conure, (Guaruba guarouba), is a medium-sized golden-yellow Neotropical parrot native to the Amazon Basin of interior northern Brazil. Its plumage is mostly bright yellow, hence its common name, but it also possesses green remiges. It lives in the drier, upland rainforests in Amazonian Brazil, and is threatened by deforestation and flooding, and also by the now-illegal trapping of wild individuals for the pet trade. It is listed on CITES appendix I.German naturalist Georg Marcgraf first described the bird, called guaruba in his expedition to Dutch Brazil in 1638. Its Portuguese and indigenous name, ararajuba, means small yellow macaw. In aviculture, it is ...more on Wikipedia